Monday, 24 May 2010

IDC History Class - The PH Artichoke lamp (1958)

The extraordinary PH Artichoke Pendant is a designer Light fixture manufactured by Louis Poulsen and designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958.

The design centers on a 360-degree glare-free light created by 72 leaves, that resemble an artichoke. The light source or bulb cannot be directly viewed, the light is directed and reflected upon the leaves until it illuminates the entire artichoke. A chrome inner diffuser also assists in the proper, even reflection of the light source. The metal halide sources are used in the largest of the Artichoke fixtures.

For years, a number of companies have tried to replicate the Artichoke fixture, only a handful have made a replica that is at all geometrically and cosmetically similar. The original still made by Louis Poulsen from Denmark.

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